Legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem didn't eat meat, and he wanted to use his access to a captive audience of kids to extol the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne, and the various criminals they bust are not at all impressed or freaked out by Scooby. Plus, the villains love to call them "meddling. The gang seems to be operating in a world where all buildings are falling apart and the land is dotted with closed amusement parks in long-abandoned ghost towns.
Invariably, Shaggy screams, "Like, let's get out of here, Scoob!
And is Batman real too? That much is clear, but what isn't is just how old they're all supposed to be.
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Shaggy and Scooby. One wonders what kind of wage the four humans earn, and whether or not they receive health, vision, and dental benefits. Then again, since this is Scooby-Doomaybe those laughs are coming from ghosts, or, more likely, it's part of the evil plot of a corrupt amusement park owner.
The snickering Great Dane known as Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving humans-in-arms have been unmasking villains to the delight of children and adult viewers alike for 50 years now. Maybe that goes hand-in-hand with those munchies.
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Savvy grown-up viewers can see it for what it is: a cynical grab at ratings and attention. While that's already inadvisable, Fred, seemingly the self-appointed leader, has to go and make things predatorial.
However, all of this is confused by some other wardrobe selections. Here's the most suspect stuff in Scooby-Doo shows that only grown-ups pick up on Scooby-Doo and his crime-solving, van-dwelling Mystery, Inc. Scooby-Doo is so familiar that we all tend to overlook its central conceit: one of the main characters is a talking dog. They have either such terrible memories or such a fear of ghosts that they ignore all logic. Seriously, there is a talking dog with advanced intelligence, which makes him either a marvel of nature if he was born that way or science if some mad doctor altered his brain.
Young Scooby-Doo viewers likely haven't yet figured out that the shows tend to follow similar trajectories and endings.
Fleeing something ghastly? Almost universally loathed and regarded as one of the most unnecessary and annoying characters in cartoon history, Scrappy-Doo is the pint-sized, supposed-to-be cute version of Scooby. Whenever the pairings are made, Fred dictates who will go off with whom.
Shaggy and Scooby have always cared more about finding their next meal than doing their job, which is solving mysteries. Also, making them teens would make them as close as possible to the shows' demographic of children, and therefore more relatable. They let the moving images and loud noises wash over them without any judgment, because they have little to no frame of reference yet for what is and isn't weird about a television show.
For example, in one installment, Scooby and friends meet Laurel and Hardy, the famous comedy duo. Frankly, they're terrible and lazy workers who have no business being employed by Mystery, Inc. Goal one for these two has always been to eat, and to eat as much as possible, so as to quell an often raging case of the munchies.
All of this, coupled with Shaggy's sheer relief when he comes across food, suggests that these young entrepreneurs are trying to get by in a large-scale bad situation. What was thought to be a haunted building isn't haunted at all, and the very believable ghosts, goblins, spooks, and specters were some combination of projections, shadows, and masked bad guys.
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Subsequently, they might not notice that Scooby-Doo seems to take place in a bizarre world of meteorological anomalies, where it is always dark and seemingly cold. ren's cartoon would never explicitly state that a character would be more comfortable with Cypress Hill than Hank Hillbut clues are so bountiful that the Mystery Machine doesn't exactly need a "Legalize It! Shaggy and Scooby can sometimes be seen emerging from a big smoke cloud for example.
Are they homeless? Then, in what is never a good idea when surveying and trespassing on a decrepit and abandoned place full of dangers and possibly ghosts or monstersthe four humans decide to split up into search parties. Those little tykes don't even recognize doo completely strange, off-putting, and totally inappropriate it is that those old Scooby-Doo cartoons have a laugh track.
A sense of narrative tropes and the cliches that go along with mass-media storytelling are things that are learned over time. It's almost as if these two giggling slackers, one of whom wears bell-bottom pants and sports unkempt hair, have the munchies or something.
Children often refuse to get bundled up to go outside, no matter how personality their parents implore them. Actually, it's probably the reason why some of them watch. There seems to have been a severe economic depression that left the country in shambles, if not some kind of natural or man-made catastrophe that led countless people to flee all those small towns. Even more unbelievable and inexplicable than a Great Dane speaking and expressing human thoughts and emotions are the reactions of the people around him.
But everybody just listens and converses with ol' Scoob like it's the most normal thing in the scooby.
Scooby dooby doo, which one are you?
At least in the classic, vintage episodes of Scooby-Dooour dedicated Mystery Inc. That's a straightforward premise, albeit one with some dark undertones. Also, those two are obsessed with food, particularly junk food, and constantly consume large quantities of it.
While kids may not notice, the teenagers and college-aged individuals who watch Scooby-Doo on cable TV late at night are definitely clued in to Shaggy and Scooby's, uh, habits. But if some of those humans are dead, does that mean the Mystery Machine is unstuck from time? That makes the "reality" of Scooby-Doo a little tough to define. Not only is he a character nobody asked for and nobody wants, he's also a bit disturbed.
That combination of words, to an adult with at least a basic knowledge of grammar, don't make sense. Scooby-Doo cartoons are a "stoner" classic, beloved for their good vibes and how Shaggy and his trusty dog embody many characteristics of the marijuana enthusiast. This implies that the characters are "real," because they interact with actual living humans. Talking dog aside, the cast of most every Scooby-Doo show is led by the same four humans of Mystery, Inc. Together, this unlikely foursome who don't seem to have much else in common travel the land in their psychedelic van, solving mysteries and debunking supernatural phenomena.
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A laugh track suggests that a show was filmed in front of a studio audience, and that the laughter is coming from people watching the show live. The Simpsons ' year run on primetime TV is certainly an achievement, but that doesn't make it the longest-lived animated television franchise.
The show was originally produced in the late '60s and early '70s, so maybe the "mystery" of Mystery, Inc. When it began, Scooby-Doo was a silly, formulaic cartoon about a dog and some young people encountering ghosts, which always turn out to be shady business owners trying to scare somebody off their property.
Apart from the occasional, amateurish money-making scheme — mowing lawns, selling lemonade, etc. Who promptly forgets this lesson, if not thesis statement, every single outing? To mix it up in the '70s, writers and animators had the mystery-solvers interact with guest stars — living, dead, and even fictional.
Those are actual people who lived, but both died long before the episode aired. For that matter, why are they out on their own? Rarely does money ever change hands, but business seems to be booming, at least enough for the firm to afford a company car or a groovy van. Heck, he barely even addresses the other members of Mystery, Inc.
No matter what case they're on, Fred never fails to get Daphne alone with him in darkened rooms so they can "investigate. Adults will notice in some latter-day episodes that Shaggy often verbally expresses his desire for veggie sandwiches and other substitutes for fast food staples.
But while they eat tons indiscriminately, they actually do have a few dietary restrictions. Scooby-Doo is a cartoon, so there wouldn't and couldn't be a live audience.
Everyone is very blasé about a hyper-intelligent, talking dog
They're all at least teenagers, because they'd have to be 16 to drive that sweet van. Scooby-Doo just might be a glimpse at life in a post-apocalyptic nightmare While the last 50 years have graced fans with upwards of a dozen different shows about Scooby-Doo and the Mysteries Incorporated gang, the first remains the most famous: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! That pops up on screen in the opening credit sequencewhich is scored personality a bouncy, memorable theme song. So, maybe it is warm out? Every Scooby-Doo episode seems to follow a formula: the gang drives through the night, comes across a potentially haunted location, and gets down to business looking for clues.
Every episode features these two crumb-bums overreacting to what they think is a ghost. But it seriously makes no sense at all. But it also seems like they must be at least scooby their 20s, because teenagers wouldn't likely be found living unsupervised on the open road. Just what temperature is it in this world? As such, they may have questions about how this group conducts its official Mystery, Inc.
Mystery, Inc. Adult viewers will notice they're even registered with some kind of oversight agency and pay taxeshence the "Inc. Grown-ups, doo, are necessarily concerned with earning a living to provide things like food, shelter, and the cable TV subscription via which their children watch old episodes of Scooby-Doo.
In other words, Scooby-Doo constantly reiterates that personalities aren't real, and there is always a logical explanation for any supernatural entity which will inevitably be discovered by Velma. Kids tend to take things as they come and at face value, particularly when it comes to entertainment. Ostensibly, the laughter is placed on the soundtrack to remind young viewers that the show, despite the spooky situations and alleged ghosts, is supposed to be a light-hearted comedy. Velma pairs that bulky sweater with a miniskirt, Daphne opts for a leg-baringand Shaggy wears a T-shirt. Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Kids love Scooby-Doobut there's so much they might not doo until after they've grown up with its many incarnations. This is no accident — Shaggy moved away from meat as a stipulation of the guy who provided his voice. Scrappy-Doo is exactly like Poochie, contrasting Scooby's laid-back fraidy-cat energy by being aggressive and perpetually angling for a fist-fight.
The extended Scooby-Dooniverse always looks chilly, perhaps because we so rarely see the sun shine on the Mystery, Inc. The near-omnipresent fog also suggests a scooby climate, as does Velma's sartorial choice of a cozy orange turtleneck sweater. Side note: if Shaggy does smoke marijuana with his dog, isn't that animal abuse?
But the boys have long pants, and Fred's got that heavy-looking shirt never mind the ascot — that's purely decorative. Invariably, he pairs himself up with Daphne, who is clearly the subject of his intense romantic interest. Adding a young, energetic character to revitalize a long-in-the-tooth show is a television tradition, and one that almost always fails miserably.